Is There a Best Natural Pain Reliever?

Best Natural Pain Remedy
Best Natural Pain Remedy
Gyorgy Bakos

Let’s step back and consider all the remedies and pain relievers I have talked about on this website. Is there a Best Natural Pain Reliever?  What do you think?  I would love to know about what you have found to help you.  You would be helping me and others!

I’ve written articles about acupuncture, yoga, foods, meditation, and CBD oil.  I’ve mentioned chiropractic, essential oils, physical therapy and supplements.  I’ve come to the conclusion that there is much out there that doesn’t work, and a few things that do.  I’ve also come to the conclusion that different treatments work differently for different people.  Just like prescription medication.  One person may have a reaction to a side effect and another person may not.  Just today I was speaking with my acupuncturist, Dr. Terry Chang while I was getting treatment.  I asked if he treated people for anxiety.  He responded that he does.  But he was quick to point out that it worked for some people and not for others.  And I am sure it is difficult to quantify results.  The same can be said for other treatments.

Some Options to Consider

Move!

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You can view many of my previous posts for various options I have investigated.  As I research Natural Pain Remedies I search various articles regarding this topic.  Movement and exercise actually are promoted as natural choices to manage pain.  I have found yoga and stretches to be helpful for me.  An article on Easier.com in their lifestyle section mentions yoga, Pilates and hydrotherapy.  Click here to review it.  In addition, I found this great article that includes video clips of exercises that can relieve hip pain, from Medical News Today.  Check it out here.  Or here are some exercises to use for sore muscles from too much sitting or computer work, from The Indian Express.

Even a walk releases endorphins which are feel good hormones that can counteract the pain hormones.  If you haven’t done much walking or any type of exercise lately, start small and slowly.  You can build up to more as you get stronger and feel better.  I used to work out for 2.5 hours before I was hit by chronic pain.  Now I am thankful to be able to walk for 1/2 an hour.  And that took months to be able to do.

Laugh!

We all know laughter is good for our mental health.  Well, it’s good for our physical health also.  An article in Better Homes and Gardens gives 5 reasons why laughter is good for mental health.  But it mentions relief of pain as well.  Click here for article.  You might ask, well what have I got to laugh about?  I’m in pain!  That’s where YouTube comes in.  I frequently search it for funny videos.  While I’m not a big fan of people hurting themselves, there is some funny stuff out there.  I have been enjoying Steve Harvey on Family Feud.  Here’s my favorite clip. (The best part starts at 1:06)  If you don’t laugh at this, I’m sorry.

I’ve said before that it helps to have friends and family around that can make you laugh.  I’m very thankful I have a few of those people in my life.  You don’t need many, but a few close ones are golden who know your suffering and are willing to be there for you.

Alternative Therapy Treatments

Treatments that are available are becoming more and more popular, thankfully.  Acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage come to mind easily.  I have discussed acupuncture on one of my other posts.  I have experienced chiropractic but I am currently not using this treatment.  However, I know it works and highly recommend it.  (Probably a topic for another post.)  I have also experienced physical therapy and massage.  PT did not help me, but that is just me.  I imagine others are helped by it.  Massage was very helpful and enjoyable.  More research is needed for me to comment further on these topics.  But I strongly recommend you investigate these options.

Meditation and mindfulness are other options.  I discuss Meditation here.  I have not researched mindfulness enough to post about it yet.  But I see that many people have found relief from suffering using this practice.

My Experience

I have now suffered with chronic pain for over three years.  I am thankful the horror of waking up in the middle of the night unable to move without screaming pain is a dark memory.  But it took months of painful suffering to find the right combination of relief for me.  I was told by the traditional western medicine doctor to get a shot.  I told him I wanted to try physical therapy first.  In the meantime, I began my quest to find relief naturally.  I still believe there are other options out there I have yet to discover, so I will keep researching.

Conclusion

Wouldn’t you agree that we each need to seek out treatments until we find what works for us?  There are so many options, which is one reason I have created this website.  My research was motivated by my pain.  This website became an outgrowth of it.  I want it to be helpful to everyone.  It is my intention to discuss the different remedies from a fellow sufferer’s viewpoint.  I’m not promoting one over the other, although I know what has worked for me and what hasn’t.  But you will probably be different.

You do have to take responsibility for your health and pain relief though!  Get going today!  Who knows, you might feel better tomorrow.

Please leave comments.  I welcome them and believe they will be helpful to me in my search and for others in their journey.  Thanks.

When I recommend a website I receive no financial gain.  I just recommend what I have found to be helpful and hope it might help you.  If you see a product that I have a link for, and you purchase it, I do receive a small compensation for that.  Furthermore, if you purchase something from an ad featured on my website, I also receive some compensation.  Thank you in advance.

Can Acupuncture Help Back Pain? What’s Involved?

acupuncture as a natural pain remedy

Introduction

In my continuous search for relief from my pain, I keep coming back to how helpful acupuncture has been for me. In this article I will discuss some history about acupuncture and my experience in this alternative treatment. Hopefully you can then decide if acupuncture is a helpful remedy for inflammation and pain. Please note that I am not a medical professional and therefore these findings are based solely on my experience and research. Please see your primary care physician before you make the decision to visit an acupuncturist.

Brief History

Acupuncture treatments have a history dating back to 100 BC in China, first appearing in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (Huangdi Neijing) according to Wikipedia. However, throughout China’s history, it became less practiced and was outlawed in 1929 (See A Brief History of Acupuncture). It gained popularity again around 1949.

In the US, it has only been popular in this last century. I still remember myself thinking that it was an odd and mysterious practice. But my pain drove me to look for any and all alternatives to find relief. It is recorded that a US press corps member was treated with acupuncture while recovering from an emergency appendectomy in China. This lead to US physicians investigating it’s reliability. However, acupuncture became acceptable in the US when a NIH conference reported positive evidence for its effectiveness. (See A Brief History of Acupuncture.)

How Does It Work?

Chinese medicine is based on the flow of yin and yang, or qi in the body. Qi is the flow of energy within the body. The hypothesis seems to be that pain and inflammation can interrupt that flow. Acupuncture works at the neurohormonal level, adjusting the qi to stimulate the nerve. This then helps the nerve to function properly, to function healthfully. It can apparently stimulate the hormones to function better as well. In fact it causes the body to release neurotransmitters that act as a natural pain killer, more powerful than morphine. So the results can be twofold; healthier body function and pain reduction. All of this accomplished without medication or surgery. The needles are placed along meridians in the body to affect the related painful areas. These meridians are a system that is part of acupuncture.

Meridians

What’s Involved?

You will be in a private room, like in a regular doctor’s office. You will most likely lie on a narrow table/bed on your back, side, or tummy. Or you may sit in a recliner. Depending on what part of the body receives the needle insertions, you may have to pull up your pants bottoms, pull down your pants or pull up your shirt. I never have to take off my clothes. My doctor asks me about my pain, and treats me according to my response. I have been treated for colds, coughs and bouts with diverticulitis. But mostly I see him for my buttock pain. He then puts needles in my lower back, my right buttock (where the pain is) and my neck. Mostly all I feel is a slight tap; nothing painful. But to be honest, once in awhile it does hurt. Not pain that is intolerable, but stinging enough for me to say something. That usually subsides within seconds. If not, he removes the “offending” needle. Once he has the number of needles he deems necessary (about 15) he attaches electrodes to four of them. These are attached to a machine that delivers an electric current. I concentrate on relaxing, and 90% of the time, I fall asleep. I spend about an hour in the office including the preparation, the treatment, the resting during treatment and payment and making my next appointment.

You may or may not have electrodes attached. Cupping is another treatment that acupuncturists use. This involves placing a dome with an open end on the skin and creating a suction, either with heat or a hand held device. The cupping stimulates blood flow. My acupuncturist uses this occasionally, but not lately. I think that is because I am better, having less pain. He does do “scraping” which doesn’t feel too good, but is tolerable. I think it also stimulates the blood flow, bringing natural warmth to the painful areas.

A friend of mine who sees him for edema, diabetes, and glaucoma says he feels no pain at all. He too is able to nap during the treatment. He has seen reduction in his edema and with proper diet and medication is keeping his diabetes within a healthy A1C range. So you see that acupuncture may be used to treat many complaints. Talk to your doctor first. And call the acupuncturist to see if he treats your complaints.

My doctor charges $40.00 per visit, but takes insurance. In California you need to get a referral for insurance to cover it. But thankfully most insurances do. Otherwise, see what payments you can work out. I found that most acupuncturists are kind and caring people and want to help you feel better. Charges do vary so be sure to check that out before you get a surprise after your treatment! Find a doctor that takes time to listen to your complaints. It is my belief that no one knows my body better than I do and if the doctor isn’t willing to listen to me, then they don’t know how to treat me.

Final Thoughts

You may also be interested in my other posts regarding acupuncture. See them here.

My doctor says that he wants to make me younger! Ha ha. But visualizing a younger healthier body is a good picture to have. Because of the whole body philosophy involved with acupuncture, it makes sense to have the brain on board too. He encourages me to stretch at home and to walk. I have found that the combination of his treatments, stretching and walking are my prescription to feeling better. And all natural! So yes, acupuncture is a helpful natural pain reliever and inflammation remedy.

Your treatment plan may be a bit different. I welcome your comments, questions and treatment plans. We need to help each other!

 

Are There Natural Remedies for Muscle Pain?

Are There Natural Remedies for Muscle Pain? I think so! I’ve been searching for months now, as my previous posts suggest. I have nerve pain, joint pain, and yes, muscle pain. Are there natural remedies for muscle pain, joint and nerve pain? Please check out my other posts for various options.

But today I want to talk about what has helped me more than anything so far. And they are completely natural. But two take discipline and work on your part, and the other is kind of scary for some people. Interested? Read on.

The three things that have helped me the most are, stretches, yoga, and acupuncture.

Acupuncture

Let’s address the scary one first. Scared of needles? Of the needles hurting you? Of quacks? I understand. My friend spent months denying my suggestions for treatment for his glaucoma, high blood pressure and edema. When I finally convinced him to try it, he saw immediate relief for his edema. He is maintaining a good eye pressure for his glaucoma (he does take medication also), and his blood pressure is improving (he takes medication for that too).

I have been under my acupuncturist’s care for over a year now. Not only does he treat my pain, but he monitors all my health concerns. I strongly recommend this type of treatment as a natural pain remedy. Be sure you get a qualified and honest practitioner! I had to go to 2 others before I found my current doctor.

In fact, if you live in the eastern part of LA county, I highly recommend Dr. Terry Chang.  You can see my Yelp Review here:  https://www.yelp.com/biz/terry-chang-acupuncture-and-herbs-pomona-4

Scientists can’t yet explain why acupuncture works.  They say “it helps the body heal itself by activating the self healing mechanism”.  They refer to “channels” or pathways that connect nerves and organs.  Makes sense to me since we know everything is connected in our bodies.  My  understanding is the needles stimulate the nerve to heal itself and reduce the pain.  There is also the claim that the needles stimulate the nerve to produce a pain relief hormone that is more powerful than morphine.  All natural!

Acupuncture has not been a cure.  But I feel better after a treatment.  I go once a week.

Yoga

I have two yoga DVDs that I can use in the comfort of my own home and at my convenience. The one that has been most helpful is Gentle Yoga with Jane Adams. Because I am in my late 60s, this program is the perfect workout for me. She introduces stretches that seniors can practice. She moves slowly and gives explicit instructions. Not too hard, but certainly helpful! Definitely a natural muscle and joint pain remedy! I always feel less pain after doing this. And because it is yoga, I find myself calmer, more relaxed and with a positive outlook. Pretty good outcomes; and all natural!

Stretches

The Complete Healthy Back System; Back to Life Series DVD is a great addition to my program. This woman has had severe pain in her young life and researched until she found these stretches for her pain. I respect her journey and how helpful her stretches have been. Her DVD is The Complete Healthy Back System; Back to Life Series, by Emily Lark.  Emily moves fairly fast in her instructions.  I recommend you watch each section first before you try them so that you have an idea of what she is talking about.

I combine the Yoga and Stretches.  This takes about 1/2 hour for the two segments I chose.  Both DVDs have different sections for different parts of your body.  My goal is to practice these 5 days a week.

Comments

I welcome your comments and questions. I will respond to all. And I hope that you find relief in your pain. Trust me; I know what you are experiencing.

Is There a Natural Remedy for Pain?

Worse for Wear in Pain
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I assume you are on this website because you are in pain.  Are you wondering if there is a natural remedy for pain?

Or someone you love is suffering.  You have my empathy, because I live with pain constantly.  Because of that, I have spent hours researching alternative treatments for pain or what I call natural pain remedies.

In case you are wondering, my pain is like sciatic, but is caused by a bulging disc.   Most of the pain is in my buttock, but sometimes radiates down my leg.  It hurts to walk, and sometimes I can’t get comfortable when I try to sleep.  It has very much impacted my life.

I need to tell you up front that none of my recommendations are cures, and that none of them have given me a pain free life.  But the number one reason I like natural pain remedies and can recommend them, is that there are few side effects.  This is unlike the medications and drugs that our western medicine seems to rely on.  The few alternatives I tried that did adversely affect me will be discussed later.  Also, I am not a doctor or a scientist, so I can only speak from my suffering and experience.  The recommendations I make are based on my results only.

It is my goal to help you wade through the numerous options available to you in this field.  I have only scratched the surface.  My reviews will cover: chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, fish oil, turmeric, ASEA, books and foods I have found that seem to make my pain worse.

Chiropractic

There are various forms of chiropractic available.  I recommend ones that do manipulation.  The benefits of chiropractic are pain relief, and realignment of your spine.  My pain makes me lean to one side, so I am messing my spine up continually.  My chiropractor’s goal is to keep me aligned.  Check with your insurance and the chiropractor; many insurances cover this now.

Acupuncture

The number one question I am asked is, “Does it hurt?”.  My honest answer; yes and no.  But mostly no.  The needles are so thin that you barely feel a slight pinch.  Some people feel nothing.  Sometimes, depending on how sensitive my pain area is, I do feel pain, but not so much with the needle as with the nerve that the doctor is treating.  It is an ache mostly.  He can adjust this to stop it.  My understanding of this treatment is that it deals with the nerve to enhance its ability to function.  The needles also stimulate the body to release a pain hormone that is stronger than morphine.

I have written a complete article on acupuncture.  Click here.

Acupuncture needles
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A note here about practitioners.  The first acupuncturist I went to was dishonest.  I found this out after a few months of treatment, when I wasn’t getting any documentation from my insurance.  My current one is my 3rd one.  The second one was honest, but I didn’t feel I was getting the care and concern I needed.  My current doctor is very attentive and seems invested in my wellness.  This is very important to me because much of the time I feel I am not understood.  Or even heard.  So, check around.  Some insurances cover this as well.

Massage

Some doctors say not to do this.  Others say to do this.  I had one massage that set me back; the pain got worse.  But I have recently found someone who apparently understands what needs to be treated and has given me some relief.  Plus, it is a real treat to have the rest of your body massaged.  I would do this more often if I could afford it.  Investigate how much the therapist knows about joint pain, and what they would do to treat it.

Thumper Mini Pro Massager

My acupuncturist uses a hand held massager.  After the needle treatment, he massages my pain areas for a few minutes.  Currently this is in my hip and back.  Boy does it feel good!  The massager is called Thumper Mini Pro.  Of course if you need massage on your back you may need someone to operate it for you.  But if you can reach the spots, it is self administering.

Food and Supplements

Fish Oil

This product claims to reduce inflammation and thereby relieve joint pain.  I tried a few products and settled on OmegaXL (by GreatHealthWorks) as one of the best I could find.  A friend told me how he found relief from arthritis pain.  This product gave me extensive relief for weeks but doesn’t seem to be helping that much now.  I may adjust the dosage.

Turmeric

Also an anti-inflammatory, this product gave me relief for a time.

ASEA

This is a liquid that tastes a bit like salt water.  They claim to renew the cells in the body.  It also gave me relief for a time.  It appears that it has renewed my skin health, so I continue to take it.

Foods

So far, my research shows that beef can be an inflammatory food.  Too bad, because I sure love my steak!  I have cut back on beef consummation and look for the grass feed, non-chemical enhanced beef.  A very good video to watch regarding the drugs put in our meats is What the Health.  See the video clip below.  I am eating way less meat, and therefore ingesting less chemicals.  That has to be a good thing!

Essential Oils

So far, I have yet to find an oil that gives relief.  But I am using lavender to relax and sleep better.  Since my sleep is impacted by my pain, I feel being able to relax has been helpful.  More research needed on this topic.

Books

Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain

The best book I have read so far is Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain, by Micozzi and Dibra.  This book is an extensive goldmine of treatments available.  It also has a test of your emotional type to predict how well you may respond to alternative treatments.

Conclusion

In my continuous search for natural pain remedies, I will post new discoveries as I find them.  I would welcome information that you may have found helpful as well, so that we can help others who suffer.  I truly want this website to be a community of support for all of us who suffer with pain.

Disclaimer

I am not a health care professional.  Only a pain sufferer.  These recommendations are from my own experience.

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